Getting Your Car Ready for School
It’s back-to-school period, so you should start getting your vehicles ready for carpools, playdates, soccer games and more.
There are always lots of things to do before school and making sure your car is running safely and efficiently should be at the top of that ‘to-do’ list.
Here are 4 areas that should be checked to make sure vehicles are kid-safe and road ready:
1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, ensure that lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be visible. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if you have any issue.
2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your vehicle’s most important safety factor. Before carpool season gets into full swing, make sure that there is no problem with your brakes and they are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your car may need brake service, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.
3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth.
4. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of back-over incidents along with following other prevention tips from NHTSA.
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